Progress Theater Workshop

February 2016

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Awesome Foundation is pleased to announce our February recipient of $1,000, All The Worlds A Stage Theater Company (AWS). Awesome was contacted by Hannah Schauer, Artistic Director for AWS who informed us that playwright, director, ensemble artist and founder of Progress Theatre, Cristal Chanelle Truscott, is scheduled to come to Hawaii as an artist in residence. Mid-way through her residency she will be joined by four cast members from her recent production of The Burnin’ which will be performed at Shangri La, Saturday, February 20 and the Doris Duke Theatre on February 27.

Progress Theater, along with AWS (of Oahu) are planning a workshop for students and community members on the company's unique style of creating new theatrical works. With AWS's participation in the Hawaii State Theatre Council, they were able to get the word out on this opportunity to a broad array of theatre artists on Oahu.

Schauer continues, the workshop will be free of charge and bring a unique new perspective to many artists on the island. We have such a wealth of amazing theatre on the island, and this would give our community a special chance to learn about Progress Theatre's approach to creating new works.  Not only will this bring new techniques to our theatre artists, but also enrich our culturally diverse community. "Progress Theater is an international touring ensemble of multi-disciplined performers committed to using art to encourage social consciousness, cross-community dialogue and cultural awareness amongst audiences diverse in race, age and spiritual background."

The particular piece they will be performing in Hawaii: "The Burnin’ is a Neo-Spiritual inspired by two major U.S. nightclub tragedies; the Rhythm Night Club Fire of Natchez, MI (1940) and the E2 Club Stampede of Chicago, IL (2003). "

How will the Awesome money be used? The $1,000 will be used to specifically provide an honorarium to the Progress Theater Company for their time and talent.

We believe culture and arts are important for as many people as possible to take part in. We hope our contribution will help bring an AWESOME theater experience to someone new.  Break a leg AWS....